We played with Nintendo Labo's crazy cardboard creationsOur first play test had us building RC cars and fishing poles, playing with giant robot suits and lots more. Here are our impressions so far.
Cardboard kits that you can bend into programmable RC cars, magic pianos, motorcycles, fishing poles, and even a giant robot mech suit. The Nintendo Labo is a crazy construction and gaming set arriving this april. Turning the Nintendo switch into a modular toy that transforms into a wild combination of papercraft things. I got to play with Nintendo [UNKNOWN] along with my kid at a preview event in New York City designed for parents and children to collaborate. The wildest project is the Nintendo [UNKNOWN] robot, an $80 standalone kit that turns your body into a cardboard mech suit. A cardboard backpack, arm and leg control And a flip down visor control control a giant robot's movements. This is like father and son Pacific Rim. Throwing punches and stomping around. A second $70 variety kit does several things all in one package. It's got a fishing pole that feels like you're casting a line into the Switch screen and rumbles when you're reeling in a catch. I love this thing. This is amazing. It's like an arcade fishing game. A cardboard piano really works and change musical styles depending on what cardboard plugs you pop into it. [MUSIC] The Switch can turn into a motorcycle with a cardboard kit that acts like handlebars. And accelerates when you twist. The rumbles even feel right. A weird house toy turns the Switch screen into a window, while cardboard plugin faucets and buttons make things happen inside. And an RC car kit works with up to two mini cars simultaneously, turning the Joy-Con controllers into buzzing, moving robot bugs. Each of these games is a blast of play for the short time that we got to play them. Many of them feel like the sort of crazy ideas that want you switch premise when you switch console that's first released last year. The construction process will get complicated but for my nine old and I it was clear and fine. Really well made instructions. Show all the steps in 3D. Coloring in the creations with pens and stickers is totally optional, but yeah, you should do it. We had time to make the RC cars and most of a fishing pole. And here's the surprise, the toys are programmable. Labo Garage will allow anyone to customize how the cardboard creations communicate and connect. [MUSIC] Use the motorcycle handle bars to control the RC car, or maybe even make an electric guitar with cat sounds. We don't know how deep all the games are, and how durable the cardboard creations are over time, but Nintendo Labo won my kid over, and me. It might be reason enough to give the switch.